How to repair a damaged heart and prevent diabetes at the same time
February 02, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 09
Your heart is under constant attack. Whether it's from oxidized LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammation, bacteria, lack of oxygen, chemicals, or a host of other toxins, your heart sustains a never-ending barrage from a variety of directions. The damage is often enough to cause serious problems and even death.
For years, doctors didn't think there was any way to repair a damaged heart. But now we know better. God created your body to heal itself. All we have to do is give it the nutrients it needs to do its job. And one of those nutrients is a powerhouse when it comes to helping your heart heal.
A recent study in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
shows just how important this nutrient is to your heart. The researchers in this study found that the nutrient protects your heart from the gene-damaging effects of elevated cholesterol.
The researchers made their discovery when they gave rabbits a high cholesterol diet for 60 days. Then they gave the rabbits alpha, gamma, or delta tocotrienols for 30 days. Tocotrienols are the superstar cousin of vitamin E. We already know that vitamin E is good for your heart and arteries. But this study showed how tocotrienols are even better for repairing a damaged heart.
After the high-cholesterol diet and supplement regimen, the researchers induced a heart attack in the animals. They found that the gamma tocotrienols was the most effective at reducing the damage to the heart. It reduced damage by a whopping 77%. The alpha tocotrienols reduced damage by 67%, which is still quite impressive.
While the delta form didn't have a strong effect on the damage, another study shows that it protects your heart in a different way. You may know that insulin is a powerful hormone your body needs to regulate blood sugar. However, too much insulin can wreak havoc on your heart and arteries. That's why diabetics are highly susceptible to heart disease.
In this second study, researchers tested delta tocotrienols on metabolic syndrome rats. They fed these rats a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet and gave them delta tocotrienols for eight weeks. At the end of the study, their total fat mass and abdominal circumference decreased. And the tocotrienols reduced their abdominal adipose tissues. This suggests the tocotrienols increased the breakdown of lipids and fatty acids and protected against the damage excess insulin can cause.
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But that's not all. The delta tocotrienols also improved their glucose and insulin tolerance, normalized their blood pressure, reduced their ventricular stiffness, and reduced their level of inflammation. All of this would protect their heart as well.
As we age, protecting our heart from the ravages of oxidized fats and toxins is vitally important for having a healthy heart. And tocotrienols are a great way of doing just that. There are a lot of brands available at your local health food store and on the Internet. You also can learn more about Delta-Fraction Tocotrienols by following this link.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.